Marseille join Lyon at summit

Andre-Pierre Gignac’s first goal since his return from injury

moved Marseille level at the top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at

nine-man Toulouse on Saturday.

Gignac returned from a broken foot off the bench late in the

midweek win at Bastia and saw Cheikh M’Bengue and Franck Tabanou

sent off before his 47th-minute introduction.

Andre Ayew had also missed a first-half penalty but France

striker Gignac decided the contest against his former club on 68

minutes.

The win lifted OM level with Lyon at the top, although Les Gones

can move clear tomorrow when they face a tough trip to big-spending

Paris St Germain.

Champions Montpellier moved into the top half of the table for

the first time this season as they secured a third consecutive win

– 4-0 over Bastia.

After Marco Estrada’s sensational 14th-minute opener,

second-half goals from Emanuel Herrera, Younes Belhanda and Anthony

Mounier ensured the recent resurgence of Rene Girard’s side has now

started to gather real momentum.

The 4-0 scoreline was Montpellier’s biggest win of the campaign

– beating the 3-0 success over Ajaccio only last weekend – as their

disappointing start has started to fade from memory.

Sixteen-year-old winger Neal Maupay came off the bench to score

a dramatic late winner as Nice came from two goals down to beat

Evian 3-2 at the Stade Municipal du Ray.

Maupay was given his Ligue 1 debut in the 87th minute and duly

rewarded manager Claude Puel, who saw his side move up to fourth,

with a volley in the first minute of stoppage time.

That looked unlikely when strikes from Yannick Sagbo and Cedric

Barbosa put Evian two goals to the good inside 13 minutes, but a

goal in either half from Dario Cvitanich levelled proceedings

before Maupay notched late on.

Troyes picked up only their second league win of the season, 3-2

over Ajaccio to move off the bottom of the table – but came close

to throwing away the victory at the death.

Jean-Marc Furlan’s side headed into the game having collected

just nine points from 17 games, but raced into a three-goal

interval lead thanks to strikes from Stephane Darbion, Benjamin

Nivet and Fabien Camus at the Stade de l’Aube.

The visitors finally got going in the closing stages – pulling

one back in the 89th minute through substitute Paul-Bastien Lasne

and reducing the deficit further in stoppage time when Johan

Cavalli’s free-kick flew in off the head of Troyes defender Granddi

Ngoyi – but they had left their charge too late.

Brest claimed their first away win, 2-1 at fellow strugglers

Sochaux. Cedric Bakambu gave the home side the lead in the second

half but goals from Kamel Chafni and Eden Ben Basat turned things

in Brest’s favour.

A first goal in six games was not enough for Reims to claim a

much-needed win as they drew 1-1 with Lille.

Despite the recent profligacy of Hubert Fournier’s team they led

with just six minutes on the clock through Anthony Weber.

However, just when they looked on course to claim a first win

since October 6, the home side conceded an equaliser to Dimitri

Payet.